USDA is awarding $3.7 million in grants to 21 states to assist farmers with disabilities through the AgrAbility program. AgrAbility helps thousands of disabled individuals overcome barriers and help them continue their chosen agricultural professions.

USDA’s Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service administers the funds to land-grant universities that have joined with nonprofit disability organizations to address AgrAbility’s customers’ specialized needs.

Projects include educating professionals on how to assist those with disabilities, as well as directly training disabled agricultural workers. The program has improved customers’ financial stability, access to life activities and state and regional personnel’s ability to deliver timely services.

One national grant is providing additional support for a National AgrAbility Project involving the University of Wisconsin and Easter Seals.

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